The researchers behind ‘the biggest biotech discovery of the century’ found it by accident in DNA Research

[Business Insider] The discovery of the CRISPR genome-editing technology shows why basic research is so important.

Source: The researchers behind ‘the biggest biotech discovery of the century’ found it by accident in DNA Research

I am posting this as an example that when doing research one has to broadly think how what one is working on may have useful implications for different problems than those we are aiming to study.

The other point, is that basic research, even if it does not have a known or expected application can have a huge contribution to solving practical problems.

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